Author(s): Richard Gill
Richard Gill is one of Australia's best-known - and best-loved - musical figures. His career has taken him from teaching music in Sydney's western suburbs to Music Director of the Victorian Opera, and along the way an involvement with almost every major opera company and orchestra in Australia. What truly distinguishes Richard is his passion and enthusiasm for spreading not just the joy of music, but its myriad benefits. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life's work - alongside his other roles - has been advocating music in our education system, and furthering the development of those who've gone on to choose music as a vocation. He brings music to life, and his knowledge and deep enjoyment of his subject is as inspiring and enlightening to a class of primary school students as it is to the cast of a major opera.Give Me Excess of It is Richard's memoir, tracing his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing an opera company. It's warm, extremely funny, highly opinionated, occasionally rude (where warranted) and always sublimely full of the love of music.
Shortlisted for Queensland Literary Awards: University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award 2013.
Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He was Founding Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, has been Director of Chorus and conductor for Opera Australia, has been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He has conducted all the Symphony Australia Network Orchestras and was the Founding Music Director of Victorian Opera. He is currently Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Education Program, and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia.